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Indy Airport Auction More For Machinists Than Pilots

Though the Indianapolis Airport Authority is set to auction off a number of items Tuesday, much of the merchandise may not end up at other airports.

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An airport auction in Indianapolis may cater more to machine shops than other airstrips.

Though the Indianapolis Airport Authority is set to auction off a number of items Tuesday, much of the merchandise may not end up at other airports.

Indianapolis Airport Authority spokeswoman Susan Sullivan said she doesn’t expect many of the buyers to be affiliated with airports.

“Many of the items that will be for sale could have a variety of uses that aren’t necessarily aviation-related,” she said.

Columbus airport director Rod Blasdel said he hadn’t heard of the auction, but would inquire as to whether there was any equipment he could use.  Neither had Monroe County Airport Director Bruce Payton heard of the auction, but Payton says it’s somewhat unlikely he’d have purchased anything anyway, adding that buying new has tended to save his airport money which might otherwise have been spent on replacement parts or mechanic man-hours to fix broken components.

So what about the equipment in the auction which would seem to be aviation-related, like a heavy tug which is used to help planes taxi out of a gate?  Sullivan said even such a large vehicle may be re-purposed…

“You know, somebody may just want that to drive around.”

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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